DUBLIN, Ohio – Late Monday afternoon, Adam Long and his caddie had been out for an impromptu apply spherical at Muirfield Village once they had been joined by an surprising visitor.
“We get to 14 green and we look up, I had to do kind of a double look,” Long laughed Thursday on the Memorial.
Just off the 14th inexperienced, match host Jack Nicklaus was ready in a golf cart. “I just wanted to see somebody play 15, I hadn’t seen it played yet,” Nicklaus mentioned.
Muirfield Village underwent a dramatic redesign after final yr’s match, with the par-5 15th gap being probably the most notable changes Nicklaus made to his signature course.
“I wanted to see what happened when we moved the tee back with last year’s tournament and more guys hit it into the face of the hill, a lot of guys were getting it to the top and I said, that’s not fair,” Nicklaus defined earlier this week when requested concerning the changes to the 15th gap. “It’s not fair that the medium-length hitter is penalized.”
Nicklaus lowered the green by about 20 ft which permits gamers to see your complete gap and mitigates the longer-hitter’s benefit. While most gamers appear to love the changes to the 15th gap, having a legend like Nicklaus watching you play it may be unnerving.
“I’m like, oh, boy. It got my nerves pumping there pretty good early in the week for sure,” mentioned Long, who opened with a 5-under 67. “We played that hole and he followed me all the way up and hit a bunch of chips around the green and talked about the changes to that hole. And then he went over to 16 as well and we probably hit three tee shots there on 16.
“It was pretty surreal.”